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AC Nuggets: Writing On Topics That Pay

In AC Nuggets, Writing for AC on December 28, 2007 at 6:40 pm

230px-dollar_symbol_goldsvg.pngMany CPs first starting out on Associated Content want to know which topics pay well, and which ones aren’t worth the trouble.

Writing for AC is a trial and error process; since anyone can write on just about anything, it’s difficult to gauge what types of articles are really got a high offer when they were published.

How did I figure it out? By writing on all sorts of topics, and submitting according to the guidelines and requirements.

After you get the full range of offers (and humbly accept a $3-$4 offer on your first few rounds), you’ll get a fairly good idea of topics that the Content Managers love you for—and the ones they’d rather not see again.

I’ve published almost 2,000 articles on AC (a big party after the 2,000th article is published, I’ll keep you posted), and have learned a *few* things along the way.

Here are just five hot topics that always pay well on Associated Content, and five that will get you a low offer, or none at all:

Topics That Pay Well

1. Travel insights from metropolitan cities. You won’t get much for the obscure town of Normal, IL, but AC will send out some offers for the high-profile cities and locales around the world. Just focus on a few cities that you’ve traveled to and write articles that position you as a guide.

2. Health and diet. If you’ve been reading up on the latest health and wellness trends and have some resources to cite from, publish some articles in this category for a decent offer. These articles consistently do well on AC, and you can use seasonal themes (e.g. New Year’s Diets, Spring Detox, etc.) for even more pageviews.

3. Seasonal articles. Timing is everything for you to get a great offer on these, but these are a great start for any AC newbie, and can get a lot of pageviews as the event draws near. From Chinese New Year celebrations to holiday trivia (must be original work), AC does send out strong offers for articles that can hit the Showcase.

4. Education-related topics. From fourth-grade lesson plans to college tips, anything that fits in the education category is definitely worth publishing. Lesson plans did very well on AC for a few months, but this borders on the tutorial category (see below) so you’re not always lucky.

5. Science/Technology topics. Science, technology, and internet news does well on AC. It can also be shared easily with the major social networks such as Digg and Technorati with ease, so if you’re looking for ways to double up on your efforts, this is a great category to rack up page views and get consistent offers.

And as always, any topics that are well-researched and offer a unique angle tend to get higher-than-average offers. This can include interviews you’ve completed to prove a point, and any current events you manage to cover that go beyond a press release.

Topics You Can Do Without

1. Website reviews. There was a time when AC was paying for overviews and summaries of websites, but no more.

2. Restaurant reviews. This was a top content category for about eight months on AC, but now it doesn’t matter what you really thought about your recent visit to Krispy Kreme.

3. Opinion/Editorial. This is a very gray area, and some lifestyle and general interest articles can easily get shoved into this category. Anything opinionated is deserving of performance payments only.

4. Tutorials. There was a time when basic how-to articles were paying top dollar, but this has changed significantly. AC does encourage how-to style articles, but only on specific topics. It’s hit or miss with this one, but technology/internet related how-to’s still stand a chance.

5. Any topics already circulating on the web. The CMs are pretty strict with the types of topics that get published on AC, and all of your work HAS to be original. This means no copying context or style of articles that are copyrighted. If the topic’s already been covered in the AC library, your offer will go well below your average.

Also remember to avoid plagiarizing a press release just to create a new article. While press releases are free for distribution, your article isn’t going to be worth much if it’s just a copy. AC is getting stricter on catching these as well.

Just focus on quality, original, and well-researched information and cite your sources whenever possible!

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